Whenever I have a bad day or am just in a general funk, as I’m sure most “normal” people feel every once in a while, I like to look at what I’ve accomplished in the past year. I use the benchmark of a year because it’s a long enough time frame in which you can substantially change as a person but is also not very long in the grand scheme of things. If I can look back and say that I’ve changed, in a good way, over the past year then I know I am doing something right even if it is in just a small way. If not, then something needs to change.
Looking back just a year allows me to see how many new things have sparked my interest. It allows me to analyze the decisions I’ve made. It allows me to see what is working and what is not. Most importantly, it allows me to look into the future and become excited at what other things might possibly be in store.
I look at old acquaintances that have settled for situations in their lives whether that is a job they’ve had for years or a similar situation. There is something to be said about being content but you can’t confuse this with stagnation. Just because you enjoy where you’re at in life, or have been doing the same thing for a very long time, does not mean you should stop learning and exploring. Set a spark that starts a fire and you’ll quickly wonder how you ever lived your old life.
So look back a year in the past and ask yourself if anything has changed for the better. Open up to new ideas and experiences. You’d be surprised at how many questions are answered, that, in the beginning, you didn’t even know you had.